6: Graduate School of Architecture

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Ownership of Student Works | Applications | Master of Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture | Master of Planning | Master of Architectural History
Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Architecture | Interdisciplinary Programs | Programs Abroad

Master of Architecture

Admission   Students from three types of academic backgrounds are admitted to the graduate degree programs in architecture: those without a preprofessional degree in architecture (Path A); those with a four-year B.S. degree in architecture (Path B); and those with a professional, five-year degree in architecture (Path C). The department offers degree programs in architecture with an emphasis on the land, the city, building and history/theory through design exploration.

Most states require that an individual intending to become an architect hold an accredited degree. There are two types of degrees accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board: (1) the Bachelor of Architecture, which requires a minimum of five years of study; and (2) the Master of Architecture, which requires a minimum of three years of study following an unrelated bachelor's degree, or two years following a related preprofessional bachelor's degree. These professional degrees are structured to educate those who aspire to registration/licensure as architects.

The four-year, preprofessional degree, where offered, is not accredited by NAAB. The preprofessional degree is useful for those wishing a foundation in the field of architecture, as preparation for either continued education in a professional degree program or for employment options in architecturally related areas.

All Master of Architecture students in a two-year or longer program must take ARCH 600 (The Quest for Order).

Path A Curriculum
The Path A program allows students without pre-professional undergraduate degrees, (e.g., B.S. in Architecture) to obtain a first professional degree in a minimum of three years plus an initial summer session. Applicants must hold an approved baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. After the first year, each student's studio work is evaluated to determine progress and ability to continue in the program. Prior to enrollment, it is desirable for students to have completed an equivalent to MATH 121 (Calculus) as well as a course in college physics.

The Path A curriculum is initiated by a summer session establishing a common ground for both architecture and landscape architecture students. The Lawn is the subject of extensive analytic investigations, stressing the development of graphic and computer skills for description, interpretation, intervention, and conjunction. The summer session establishes a clear syntax of structure, a profound respect for diagrammatic clarity and the precision of the graphic discipline.

The three-year curriculum is a sequence of recurrent architectural concerns manifested in the Lawn analyses, and is constituted in a prescribed core of foundation studies. History is reviewed and grounded here and now as useful knowledge by a conjunctive engagement with the studio. The foundation assumptions of our discipline are both presented and re-evaluated in light of critical and constructive readings of the contemporary landscape. From the start of the curriculum, building is appreciated as a verb and proceeds from an understanding of systems through design development, into the opportunity to work collaboratively on construction documents. Each semester elective opportunities require the student to determine an intentional path through this curriculum with an appreciation and participation in projects engaging the larger school. Between the second and third year, students reassess their elective curriculum by fulfilling a three-credit independent study, which establishes a determined path for their final year. A total of 106 credits is required for graduation.

Summer Session
ARCH 501Architectural Design3
ARCH 544Computer Graphics and Design Application2
ARCH 502Architectural Design3
ARCH 505Architectural Graphics2
10
First Year
First Semester
ARCH 601Architectural Design6
AR H 501History of Architecture: Ancient to Renaissance3
ARCH 600The Quest for Order[1]3
ARCH 523Materials and Assembly3
15
Second Semester
ARCH 602Architectural Design6
AR H 502History of Architecture: Renaissance to Modern3
ARCH 554Architectural Analysis: Key Buildings of Modernism3
ARCH 524Introduction to Structural Design4
16
Second Year
First Semester
ARCH 701Architectural Design6
ARCH 721Structural Design for Dynamic Loads3
Open elective[2]3
L AR 517Site Planning3
15
Second Semester
ARCH 702Architectural Design6
ARCH 525Environmental Control Systems and Lighting4
Open elective[2]3
Open elective[2]3
16
Summer Session
ARCH 782Independent Study3
Third Year
First Semester
ARCH 801Architectural Design Option Studio6
ARCH 823Projects in Technology4
AR H ___elective3
Open elective[2]3
16
Second Semester
ARCH 802Architectural Design Option Studio/Thesis6
ARCH 848Professional Practice3
ARCH ___Building elective3
Open elective[2]3
15
Total106

[1]ARCH 600 required for Path A Master of Architecture students.
[2]Recommended open electives:
AR H 551Early American Architecture3
AR H 742Renaissance Architecture Seminar3
ARCH 535Design Construction Drawing3
ARCH 589Environmental Choices3
L AR 512History of Landscape Architecture3
L AR 514Introduction to Theories of Modern Landscape Architecture3

Path B Curriculum
The course of study follows the prescribed core of foundation studies–history, land and building–each semester, stressing both professional accountability and elective integrity. The rigorous design studios investigate a range of architectural ideas from the city to the window. The expectation of excellence is stressed through clearly productive strategies for construction. This demanding, fast-paced program that requires students coordinate core and elective course requirements as integral to these studio projects. Independent scholarship is possible through several school-wide programs: Historic Preservation, American Urbanism, Programs Abroad, and Thesis. A total of 61 credits is required for graduation.

First Year
First Semester
ARCH 701Architectural Design6
ARCH 600The Quest for Order[1]3
ARCH 721Structural Design for Dynamic Loads3
Open elective[2]3
15
Second Semester
ARCH 702Architectural Design6
ARCH 554Architectural Analysis: Key Buildings of Modernism3
ARCH ___Building elective3
Open elective[2]3
15
Second Year
First Semester
ARCH 801Architectural Design Studio6
ARCH 823Projects in Technology4
AR H ___History elective3
Open elective[2]3
16
Second Semester
ARCH 802Architectural Design Option Studio/Thesis6
ARCH 848Professional Practice3
ARCH ___ARCH elective3
Open elective[2]3
15
Total61

[1]ARCH 600 required for Path B Master of Architecture students.
[2]Recommended open electives:
AR H 551Early American Architecture3
AR H 742Renaissance Architecture Seminar3
ARCH 535Design Construction Drawing3
ARCH 589Environmental Choices3
L AR 512History of Landscape Architecture3
L AR 514Introduction to Theories of Modern Landscape Architecture3

Path C Curriculum
The Path C curriculum is for those with a professional undergraduate degree in architecture (B.Arch.). The program provides post-professional degree students an opportunity to undertake more advanced studies in architecture. These self-initiated studies are to be supervised by faculty members, and should draw on the resources of the School of Architecture and the University. Because of the individualized nature of this program, the applicant is encouraged to visit the School of Architecture for an interview. A total of 30 credits are required for graduation. The duration of study may be extended beyond one year with permission of the chair.

First Year
First Semester
ARCH 801Architectural Design6
Open elective[1]3
Open elective[1]3
Open elective[1]3
15
Second Semester
ARCH 802Architectural Design6
ARCH ___ARCH elective3
Open elective[1]3
Open elective[1]3
15
Total30

[1]Recommended open electives:
AR H 551Early American Architecture3
AR H 742Renaissance Architecture Seminar3
ARCH 535Design Construction Drawing3
ARCH 589Environmental Choices3
L AR 512History of Landscape Architecture3
L AR 514Introduction to Theories of Modern Landscape Architecture3

Optional Programs
In addition to the three professional degree programs, the School of Architecture offers several special programs. These programs may be undertaken by students enrolled in any of the three paths with consent of the chair and a program director. In some cases optional programs require more time to complete beyond the normal program duration. Students must meet all requirements of the Master of Architecture Program to complete any optional program.

The following special programs are available. Interested students should consult with the chair and the program directors.

Historic Preservation Program   The Historic Preservation Program is open to those students enrolled in Path A, Path B, and Path C. Admission to the Historic Preservation Program is subject to the approval of the Chair of the Department of Architecture, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the director of the program. Students must also meet all requirements for admission to and completion of the Master of Architecture Program. It is expected that the program requirements can be met within the normal curricula of each path with the exception of Path C, which takes an extra semester.

American Urbanism Program   The Advanced Studies in American Urbanism Program is open to both qualified degree candidates in the graduate program, and persons in mid-career who wish to extend their field of knowledge in this area. Because of the special nature of this program, interested candidates are strongly advised to arrange an interview with the program director.

Programs Abroad   Architecture students may, with approval, spend a portion of their second or third year in Venice or attend the summer program in Vicenza.


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